Influences


My Christian theistic world view was greatly influenced by the following scientists, philosophers, theologians, apologists, authors, and public speakers and debaters:

 

Anselm of Canterbury, Aristotle, Thomas Aquinas, Augustine of Hippo, Averroes, Avicenna, Douglas Axe, Lynne Rudder Baker, Ian Barbour, Luke Barnes, Stephen M. Barr, Robert Barron,  Francis J. BeckwithMichael Behe, John Stewart Bell, David Berlinski, Craig Blomberg, William E. Carroll, Francis Collins, Paul CopanWilliam Lane Craig, Brian Davies, William Dembski, Michael Denton, Hans Driesch, John Eccles, Michael Egnor, Brian Ellis, George F.R. Ellis, Lenny EspositoCraig A. EvansEdward Feser, Reginald Garrigou-LaGrange, Norman Geisler, Douglas Geivett, Richard Goldschmidt, Guillermo Gonzalez, Bruce Gordon, Stuart C. Hackett,  Gary Habermas, John HaldaneDavid Bentley HartJohn F. Haught, Craig S. Keener, Gyula Klima, Robert C. KoonsGreg Koukl, Peter Kreeft, Saul Kripke, Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz, Brian Leftow, John Lennox, C.S. Lewis, Mike Licona, E.J. Lowe, John MacArthur, Jacques Maritain, Josh McDowell, Sean McDowell, Alister McGrathJonathan McLatchie, Mark McMenamin, Chad Meister, Angus Menuge, Stephen C. Meyer, Bradley John Monton, J.P. Moreland, Simon Conway Morris, Thomas Nagel, Paul Nelson, John Henry Newman, Timothy O'Connor, David Oderberg, Amy Orr-Ewing, Donald Page, Stephen E. ParrishAlvin Plantinga, Plato, Nancy Pearcey, Plotinus, Michael Polanyi, John Polkinghorne, Adolf Portmann, Alexander Pruss, Hilary Putnam, Nabeel Qureshi, Michael Ramsden, Michael ReaVictor Reppert, Alan Rhoda, Jay Wesley Richards, Michael Rota, Otto Schindewolf, Marcel-Paul Schützenberger, Rupert Sheldrake, Wolfgang Smith, David SnokeDinesh d'Souza, Hans Spemann, R.C. Sproul, Richard Sternberg, Lee Strobel, Eleonore Stump, Francisco Suárez, Richard Swinburne, Charles Taliaferro, Rene Thom, J.R.R. Tolkien, Frank Turek, William Vallicella, Aron Wall, Alfred Russel Wallace, James Warner Wallace, William A. Wallace, Keith Ward, Jonathan Wells, Greg Welty, James White, Ben Witherington III, David Wood, N.T. Wright

 

I explicitly reject and despise pop-evangelists like Joyce MeyerJoel Osteen, Paula White-Cain, Jesse Duplantis, Benny Hinn, or the Hillsong Church, who teach a false gospel of prosperity and happiness as well as heretical doctrines (see here). And I also reject the feel-good Christianity preached by progressive liberal leftists like Rob Bell, which shamelessly curries favor with the zeitgeist.

Lecture of Prof. William Lane Craig on 2nd Nov. 2015 at the university of Vienna / Austria on evidence for God and the Christian faith, which I attended with my father in law and my nephew.

 

Dr. Craig's Website Reasonable Faith  represents one of the top web-resources on Christian philosophy and apologetics, but I reject his molinism, his semi-heretical views on the Trinity (Cerberus analogy) and monothelite Christology, as well as his critique of divine simplicity and immutability.

If you have only time to watch a single video, you have to watch this debate of William Lane Craig with the atheist philosopher Alexander Rosenberg. Whatever you believe, I promise that you will learn at lot from it!!!

For about 15 years I thoroughly evaluated and finally rejected several other alternative world views, and extensively studied the writings of the following authors:

 

Hector Avalos (atheist, anti-Christian), Dan Barker (ex-Christian turned atheist), Richard Carrier (atheist, NT critic), Richard Dawkins (New Atheist, Darwinist), Daniel Dennett (New Atheist, Darwinist), David Deutsch (atheist, physicist), Gary Drescher (atheist, naturalist), Bart Ehrmann (agnostic, NT critic),  Amit Goswami (quantum mysticist), Brian Greene (naturalist, physicist), John Michael Greer (neopagan), David Ray Griffin (process theologian), Sam Harris (New Atheist), Stephen Hawking (atheist, physicist), Christopher Hitchens (New Atheist), Derrick Jensen (neopagan, radical environmentalist), Lawrence Krauss (New Atheist, phycisist), John A. Leslie (axiarchic neoplatonist), John Leslie Mackie (atheist philosopher), John W. Loftus (ex-Christian turned atheist), Friedrich Nietzsche (atheist philosopher, "nihilist"), Graham Oppy (atheist philosopher),  Robert Price (atheist, NT critic), Ayn Rand (atheist, objectivist), Alexander Rosenberg (atheist philosopher), Bede Rundle (atheist philosopher), Bertrand Russell (atheist philosopher), Carl Sagan (atheist, naturalist), Michael Shermer (atheist, skeptic), Peter Singer (atheist philosopher of ethics), Quentin Smith (atheist philosopher), Victor Stenger (New Atheist, physicist), Max Tegmark (atheist, physicist, mathematical monist), Alfred North Whitehead (process philosopher), Ken Wilber (neoperennial philosopher, Integral Theory)